Will Loyal Obama Ally Again Rubber-Stamp Tax-Spend-And-Borrow Agenda?
As President Barack Obama prepares to call, in a nationwide address tonight, for a reported $400 billion in new “stimulus” spending – to be paid for later with new debt and job-killing tax hikes – where does his loyal ally U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) stand?
Notably, Pennsylvanians have heard this same jobs rhetoric from Obama and Casey for the last several years. Exactly a year ago, Obama promised a “plan that would start putting Americans to work right away.”
And as he helped Obama ram the original $787 billion stimulus debacle into law, Casey and Obama claimed it would create millions of new jobs, and Casey said it would “get our economy out of the ditch.” Casey’s bosses in the Obama Administration even claimed their spending spree would hold unemployment below 8 percent.
But instead, the United States has lost 2.4 million jobs since Obama took office, and the country is now in its 31st consecutive month of above-8-percent unemployment.
Now, The New York Times reports that Obama’s latest “stimulus” plan will cost “hundreds of billions of dollars,” and Bloomberg reports that the Obama White House says they will “will call on Congress to offset the cost of the short-term jobs measures by raising tax revenue in later years” – in other words, spend the money now, but make Americans pay later with job-killing tax hikes.
“When it comes to jobs, Pennsylvanians have been hearing the same empty promises from Bob Casey and President Obama for the last several years,” said NRSC spokesman Chris Bond. “It’s painfully clear that Obama and Casey’s liberal tax-spend-and-borrow economic agenda has failed to create the jobs they promised while driving our national debt to $14.6 trillion, and Casey will continue to have a very difficult time explaining his failed jobs record to Pennsylvania voters.”
Casey: “On The National Level, ARRA Is Helping To Stabilize Our Economy While Investing In Long-Term Economic Growth.” (Senator Bob Casey Website, www.casey.senate.gov, Accessed 2/1/11)
Casey: “This Bill Is Good For Pennsylvania.” (Senator Bob Casey Website, www.casey.senate.gov, Accessed 2/1/11)